Nethra Kumanan on Wednesday grew to become the primary Indian lady sailor to qualify for the Olympics after she was assured of a top-place end within the laser radial occasion of the Asian Qualifiers in Oman.
The 23-year-old Kumanan has a 21-point benefit over her nearest rival, who additionally occurs to be an Indian — Ramya Saravanan — within the Laser Radial Class occasion with one race to go on Thursday.
The Chennai-based Kumanan presently has 18 factors whereas Saravanan has 39 on the penultimate day of competitions in Mussanah Open Championship, which is a joint Asian and African Olympic qualifying occasion.
In crusing, the athlete who has the least factors wins the competitors.
The ultimate race on Thursday is a 20 pointer and Kumanan has already sealed it with one spherical to go. Laser Radial is a singlehanded boat, which signifies that it’s sailed by just one particular person.
“Sure, Kumanan has certified for the Tokyo Olympics with one race to go on the ultimate day on Thursday,” Asian Crusing Federation President Malav Shroff advised PTI.
“The ultimate race is a 20 pointer however the level hole along with her nearest Asian rival, additionally an Indian, is greater than 20,” stated Shroff who himself represented India in Olympic crusing occasion within the 2004 Athens Video games.
Dutchwoman Emma Charlotte Jeanne Savelon are presently in second spot, above Saravanan, with only a three-point distinction with Kumanan however she is nowhere within the scene for Olympics qualification from this occasion as that is an Asian Qualifier.
Shroff stated the occasion in Oman is being held below the aegis of Asian Crusing Federation.
Kumanan would be the 10th Indian to qualify for a crusing occasion within the Olympics, however all the sooner 9 have been male athletes.
Nachhatar Singh Johal (2008), Shroff and Sumeet Patel (2004), F Tarapore and Cyrus Cama (1992), Kelly Rao (1988), Dhruv Bhandari (1984), Soli Contractor and A A Basith (1972).
Shroff stated Kumanan is the one Indian to date to have booked a direct quota place by topping a qualifier whereas all the sooner 9 Olympians made it by getting quotas that would not be stuffed up.
“All 9 of us have been nominated. I used to be within the 21st rank and solely 20 have been to compete within the Olympics in my occasion. Any person dropped out and so I received it as a result of I used to be first within the ready listing.
“She is the primary Indian, male or feminine, to qualify straight by reserving a quota place in a qualifier.”
He additionally stated that two different Indians are nonetheless within the fray for Tokyo Olympics qualification on the final day on Thursday.
One in every of them is Ganapathy Kelapanda Chengappa who’s on high of the 49er Class desk on the penultimate day.
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